Networking

Vyatta virtual router

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Often times when setting up a test lab, I will use a Linux system as a router/firewall. While this works, it requires somewhat intimate knowledge of Linux setup and networking – something not everyone is going to have. I found the Vyatta platform is a nice hybrid between a Linux server and a network appliance. […]

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VCP5 – Perform an interactive installation of ESXi

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Assuming your hardware meets the VMware HCL and minimum physical requirements, interactive installation is fairly simple. Things will get complicated if your host doesn’t properly support the virtualization layer or if special drivers are needed Installation Process: Insert the CD/DVD/ISO and boot the server On the ESXi Boot Menu, select ESXi-5.0.0-469512-standard Installer (version number may differ) On […]

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VCP5 – Determine use case for vSphere Client and Web Client

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There are 3 client interfaces available for vSpherevSphere Client Primary method of managing vSphere Must be installed on a Windows client Provides all vSphere management functions vSphere Web Client Provides a subset of the vSphere management functions Well suited for most day-to-day administration tasks Accessible via most web browsers (requires Adobe Flash) vSphere Command Line […]

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VCP5 – Deploy the vCenter Appliance

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vSphere 5 now provides you with an alternative to a Windows based vCenter Server known as the vCenter Server Appliance. Like its name implies, this is a VM appliance that provides many of the vCenter functions without requiring a Windows system, or the accompanying license.NOTE: This is very helpful in many cases, and even provides […]

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VCP5 – License vCenter Server

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Licensing is a simple task (assuming you have licenses) and almost isn’t worth documenting. Open vCenter Server and go to Home | Administration | Licensing Click Manage vSphere Licenses Enter the license key(s) and click Add License Keys Click Next, assign the license to the ESX or vCenter Server(s) Click Next, Next, Finish

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VCP5 – Install additional vCenter Server components

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In addition to the vCenter Server, there are several additional components that can be installed. The good news is that all of these components are included in the VMware VIM Setup zip file.Components: vSphere Client A Windows client used to connect to the vCenter server and stand-alone ESX hosts Can be installed from the zip […]

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VCP5 – Size the vCenter Server database

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I looked through much of VMware’s documentation and couldnt find any easy calculation on how to size your database (For 4.1 I did find http://www.vmware.com/support/vsphere4/doc/vsp_4x_db_calculator.xls, but didn’t find anything similar for 5.0). Because of this, I can only assume they are more concerned with you knowing how to change the DB sizing than they are with how big the DB […]

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VCP5 – Identify available vCenter Server editions

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According to http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/vsphere_pricing.pdf there are 3 vCenter Server editions: Essentials, Foundation, and Standard. Excerpt from the doc: vCenter Server EditionsVMware vCenter Server provides unified management for VMware vSphere environments and is a required component of a complete VMware vSphere deployment. One instance of vCenter Server is required to centrally manage virtual machines and their hosts and to enable all VMware vSphere […]